A new Melbourne restaurant bar blends an art deco style with modern French cuisine.
June 23rd, 2015
L’Hôtel Gitan is a new fitout for a 1939 building. Designed with French character in mind, celebrated chef Jacques Reymond wanted a classic looking restaurant without overtly fashionable elements; a more relaxed and approachable establishment than what the ‘Reymond’ brand is known by.
SJB Interiors and Leeda Projects designed the space, which once housed Prahran’s Hotel Max. Retaining certain original elements including external signage and steel windows ties the building to its history, while the inside of the space features a bespoke design complete with earthy tones and natural finishes to suggest the humility of the design.
The bistro area is the first thing diners see following entrance, and it features a striking backdrop of handmade tiles arranged in a large art deco pattern. A freestanding wood heater, custom stools and brasserie style banquette seating offer a casual atmosphere to dining patrons.
The hero of the space is the hotel’s open kitchen, which allows diners to share the cooking experience through observation.
The restaurant side of the preparation bench houses a seated bar, which features an antique bronze finished brass plate and curved edges, dividing the ground floor operations into three distinct areas – drinking, casual and formal dining.
The original concierge office of the Motel Max has been transformed into a new intimate private dining space. The banquette style seating reflects the typical new age French period the hotel channels, and the Gypsy reminiscent fabrics and exposed crystal bulb light fixtures add an intimacy to the space.
All elements in the space respectfully pay tribute to the timelessness of art deco style. Populist and set off with luxurious accents, SJB and Leeda have creates a space that feels both intimate and new.
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